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November 16, 2006

News from the Front.

Literally. I noted in a previous post that I knew LTCs Paul Finken and Eric Krueger, who were killed by an IED just before he was to return to the United States from Iraq. I received an email from one of Paul's officers.

I was reading your website and noticed that you mentioned LTC Finken and his passing. He was the 2/6 IA MiTT Team Chief and I am the 3/2/6 IA MiTT Team Chief. He was an enjoyable person to work for and certainly had a great understanding of the difficulties inherent in training and leading Iraqi soldiers. It's not always the case in the Army that your immediate superior is someone who is willing to actually listen to what you have to say and take heed of it, but LTC Finken was one of those officers. All of us will miss him and the Army is a lesser place without
him. It's just a damn shame that he died within a couple days of him leaving Iraq. On a lighter note, I have always enjoyed perusing your blog (when I have the time) and certainly appreciate the humor and insights. Keep up the good work.

David J. Baer
CPT(P), IN
3/2/6 IA MiTT Team Chief

I have had some more emails with the good Captain Baer, which you will see more of when I am able to compose a suitably well-crafted post for them. Oh, like tomorrow.

This is up today so that anyone googling for Paul Finken will hopefully come upon this. A leader couldn't ask for much better an epitaph than...

It's not always the case in the Army that your immediate superior is someone who is willing to actually listen to what you have to say and take heed of it, but LTC Finken was one of those officers.
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